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Changing the world one voice at a time: philanthropy and community choirs in Australia

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2017, Changing the world one voice at a time: philanthropy and community choirs in Australia, Creative industries journal, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1080/17510694.2017.1324117.

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Title Changing the world one voice at a time: philanthropy and community choirs in Australia
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn
Journal name Creative industries journal
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-05-06
ISSN 1751-0694
Keyword(s) Arts engagement
Community choirs
Social inclusion
Social change
Summary This paper explores the intersections between social entrepreneurship, corporate philanthropy and community engagement. The Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisation Creativity Australia oversees With One Voice choirs that offer 20 programmes with about 3000 participants. Creativity Australia fosters community music engagement and seeks corporate funding to support this work. Data were gathered via documents and semi-structured interviews with the Chief Executive Officer, the Community and Partnerships Manager, the Principal Conductor and older members of two choirs. The data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The findings are presented thematically and report on participant understandings of social benefits that foster a sense of well-being. This Australian case study is an example of the potential of private philanthropy to offer significant benefits to quality of life of individuals, strengthen the social fabric of communities and to address the needs of older people (aged 55+) who seek social connection through music engagement.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17510694.2017.1324117
Field of Research 190407 Music Performance
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
111712 Health Promotion
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services
19 Studies In Creative Arts And Writing
12 Built Environment And Design
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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